Primary ELECTION: August 4th, 2015The Progressive Voters Guide for the August 4th primary election will be released in late June. Stay tuned!
published Tue, 05/19/2015 - 11:13 by Fuse Washington staff
Animals are disappearing from our planet at an alarming rate.
From the Golden Toad to the Javan Tiger, humankind has contributed to the extinction of hundreds of animals. But by signing Initiative-1401, Washington can make selling, purchasing, trading, or distributing animals threatened with extinction punishable by law. Such an action, except for a few certain types of transfers, would face a gross misdemeanor or class-C felony charge.
That means our last remaining elephants, rhinos, tigers, lions, cheetahs, leopards, pangolins, marine turtles, sharks, and rays will at least be somewhat protected from the illegal animal trade here in our home state.
Sign Initiative-1401. Save Animals Facing Extinction.
published Wed, 05/20/2015 - 10:09 by Fuse Washington staff
Corporations are not people. Money is not speech. These are two truths a huge majority of the public agrees upon, and yet the Supreme Court ruled the opposite when it made Citizens United the law of the land.
That’s where WAmend comes in. WAmend is an initiative to put the state of Washington on record calling for an amendment to the U.S. Constitution clarifying that corporations are not people, money is not speech, and political donations should be disclosed.
This same initiative has been on the ballot 300 times in the United States, from small conservative rural communities to large progressive states, and every time it has passed. WAamend is an initiative to the legislature and has until the end of the year to collect the signatures needed to get Initiative 735 on the November 2016 ballot. Enthusiastically sign this initiative!
published Thu, 05/07/2015 - 13:07 by Fuse Washington staff
In recent years, elections in Seattle mean that our TVs, radios, and mailboxes are flooded with ads from secret groups and hidden sources of money. Corporate special interests donate large sums of money and make it hard for many of the best and brightest leaders of tomorrow to run, including people of color, low-income people, and women. But with Initiative-122, Seattle could lead the nation in the battle against big money in politics.
Initiative 122, known as Honest Elections Seattle, is about ensuring honest, accountable, and transparent elections. It would implement strong contribution limits and total spending caps for city elections to limit big corporate sources of money. It requires new lobbying and disclosure requirements to ensure we know where our elected leaders in City Hall get their money. It also features an innovative public financing system paid for by a very small property tax that gives each Seattle voter $100 in "Democracy Vouchers" to contribute to candidates of their choice. This public financing system will allow leaders from all communities to gain the same kind of access to City Hall as the wealthy and well-connected industry lobbyists.
If we want to slow the influence of money in our city’s elections and ensure that more people participate in our democracy, we must do something now to level the playing field and amplify the voices of ordinary voters. Initiative-122 will do that. Please sign the petition to get this initiative on the November 2015 ballot and make the Northwest a leader in getting big money out of politics.
published Sat, 04/18/2015 - 14:36 by Fuse Washington staff
Professional initiative promoter Tim Eyman is back collecting signatures for Initiative 1366. This measure would force legislators to either put a constitutional amendment about taxes on the ballot or dramatically cut funding for education and social services.
Two years ago, the state Supreme Court overturned Eyman’s previous initiative that required a two-thirds supermajority vote by state lawmakers to close any tax loopholes or raise revenue. I-1366 is Eyman’s attempt to circumvent the Supreme Court by turning his two-thirds supermajority requirement into an amendment to our state constitution.
Eyman proposed nearly the exact same initiative last year. The Spokane Spokesman Review referred to his previous effort as Eyman’s “worst ever” idea—“and that’s saying something.” Why? Because the initiative would force legislators to either put a constitutional amendment on the ballot or lose $1 billion per year for education by cutting the sales tax by 1 percent.
It’s this “or else” threat in Eyman’s proposal that has caused so much controversy. Why threaten our kids’ schools with such steep cuts? Major newspapers across the state have called this idea “extortion” (Walla Walla Union Bulletin) “disingenuous” (Everett Herald) and “blackmail” (Spokesman Review), saying it is simply a ploy to keep Eyman’s initiative promotion business up and running.
The courts have already taken our state to task for not funding education properly. We can’t afford to bankroll Tim Eyman at the expense of $1 billion in cuts. If you see I-1366 out on the streets, decline to sign this risky initiative!